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  1. 5 points
    So I got bored and made a map of the seats for this Congress. The player seats are bold colors. If the player didn't specify their seat then I just guessed based on win margins IRL. Because of some changes like with Ward in his normally GOP seat and O'Dwyer in the Dem RI seat, I changed some narrow seats to the GOP.
  2. 4 points
    From 30th till the 2nd. I'll be in Kansas City
  3. 3 points
    The debate here wasn't much of a debate and that is owed mostly to Republicans not fully engaging the fight. Rep. Nicholson fires the first shot, and it was a solid shot in terms of laying groundwork for further argumentation. However, he is met with two Democratic responses that do an excellent job refuting both the facts and the philosophy (the eminient domain argument was particularly interesting to libertarians with no alternative argument presented by the GOP). Had Nicholson responded I imagine he could have laid out his case and fought this to a draw. Had his party backed up his play, they very well could have made a realistic case for their position. As it was, however, the general trend here is that the public feels that supporting this legislation is the wrong thing for their Congressman and Senator to do. It is always hard to quantify how much any single debate moves the needle, but it is fair to say that changing the general will has to start somewhere, and one-sided debates like this are doing so for this legislation. This debate was a big win for the DNC and if I were the GOP I wouldn't minimize or discount debate. It IS important, and it is important not only in the cumulative, but issue by issue.
  4. 3 points
    Thomas W. Wickham, Jr., Parliamentarian Mr. Speaker, I hereby advise you of the following: the matter at hand is the question of if Section 2 of this bill is in order. As we all know, the role of the Parliamentarian is to advise the Chair. I therefore advise you, Mr. Speaker, that section 2 of the motion is improper because it presents the exact same question which this House has already defeated. As such, I advise that it is out of order, however it is up to the Chair to make the final decision.
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    It appears the lead editor at Breitbart has a crush on me with all the stories he’s doing about me. I may be gay but I’m happily married so no thank you. 😂
  6. 3 points
    I’m here
  7. 3 points
    I kind of want to do something loosely based off the old Revolution America idea. Everyone would be a Governor of a State of their choice and they could pick between 1: Democratic 2: Republican 3: Socialist Party 4: Nationalist Party and the background is the south is ready to secede again and start a second civil war so each state will have three options to choose from 1: Stay loyal to the Union 2: Stay Neutral or try to Leave Peacefully (There will be laws put in place to make it hard to leave without a lot of burden of debt) 3: Join the Resistance. Each person will start out as a Governor of the State they choose and this will be a full on "Second Political Sim" like Capitol Hill but different and I will be hiring people to help me build the idea and the forums up but I do want this to remain hosted on TedderVision. Please reply if interested in playing a game similar to this so I can gauge interest.
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    Well, you won't die without Web access. They have these things made out of cardboard with sheets of paper in them on the big long metal things off to the side at the public library where the computer kiosks and wi-fi café are. They're called "books" and that's how people broadened themselves before there was an Internet. A first class airline ticket costs more than a Business class or Coach ticket. Should the government force airlines to charge the same for all seats?
  9. 2 points
    Breitbart Lead Editor Brandon Cooper
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    Character Name: Carmen Cardenas Home State: New Mexico Previous Job: Media (Actor, Musician, Artist, Journalist, etc) Date of Birth: 10/29/1978 Race / Ethnicity: Other (please state in Bio section below) Religion: Catholic Wealth: Middle Class Gender: Female Sexuality: Heterosexual Are you married?: Yes How many children do you have?: 4 Name: Carmen Ileana Cárdenas Portillo Avatar: Inés Arrimadas Date of Birth: 29th October, 1978 Place of Birth: Alamogordo, New Mexico Place of Residence: Roswell, New Mexico Ethnicity: Hispanic Spouse: Geraldo Suárez (b. 1975, m. 2007) Children: Soraya (b. 2007), Inés (b. 2009), José (b. 2012), Isabel (b. 2016) Religion: Roman Catholic Party: Republican Party Education: -1997-2001: History; BA (Yale University) Occupation: -Contributor to the Drudge Report (2000-2010) -Columnist for the Washington Times (2002-2010) -Contributor to Fox News (2007-2010) -United States Congresswoman for New Mexico's 2nd District (2011-Present) View full character
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    Character Name: Beau Thomas Home State: Texas Previous Job: Law (Lawyer, Judge, Law Enforcement, etc) Date of Birth: 05/21/1968 Race / Ethnicity: White Religion: Protestant Christian Wealth: Middle Class Gender: Male Sexuality: Heterosexual Are you married?: Yes How many children do you have?: 3 Beau Thomas was born on May 21st, 1968 in Alamo, Texas. His mother a schoolteacher and his father a police officer, Beau quickly learned the importance of hard work and the importance of caring for your neighbor. He attended and graduated from Valley Christian Heritage High School (K-12) and followed in his father's footsteps in becoming a police officer. He quickly rose ranks and by the age of 40, he was sheriff of Hidalgo County, Texas. A prototypical "Blue Dog" Democrat, Beau is pro-life, supports religious freedom, and supports a balanced budget. He ran for Congress and has his eyes turning Texas blue again. View full character
  12. 2 points
    Evelyn Vanderfleet Representative/DNC Chair, Evelyn Vanderfleet makes a statement in DC. View full PR
  13. 2 points
    Welcome to the show!!! *Applause* We have a wonderful night for you. Later tonight, I will be joined by representative, Brianna O’Dwyer! And later, Ricky Gervais! *Applause* There were two immigration bills proposed by both sides; however, I think the Democrats one might win since it includes some really fancy funding for boarders like this one! Other than the border typo, the Democratic bill doesn’t have all of the far right crap that is loaded into the Republican’s bill. The Democratic bill is simpler and is supported by Senator Jeff Flakes. This shows that at least DNC Chairwoman Evelyn Vanderfleet can work with Republicans. The bill proposed by Democrats is tame and more of a short-term solution. It protects DACA and provides Republicans with funding for enhanced border security. Apparently, Jeff Flakes and John McCain are two members on Breitbart’s top NOT conservative list. Cooper better watch his comments or these two might turn into THESE two! In other news, our Vice President, and man who looks like that asshole friend who always comments on shit he doesn't know, Fitzgerald, is on twitter again. Wants to make our immigration system like Canada and Australia’s. Does he realize that both of those countries have strict gun control laws and better health care too? Because I wouldn't mind being more like Canada and Australia. Either I get untapped amounts of Maple syrup or a kangaroo pet. And who doesn't want that? Fitz also spouts that “unemployment numbers never tell full picture. Many are underemployed or left workforce. We need to create better jobs not just any jobs” This from the guy who doesn’t think we should raise the minimum wage or provide better working conditions for employees. This is the guy who wants us to shell out massive tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans and Corporations who are only going to use that money to buy back more stocks and distribute dividends. Also, why the hell do we care what the Vice President has to say? Shouldn’t he be at some tape cutting ceremony? Let’s here more from our President who is as quiet as a mouse in a cat house. Is Vice President Fitzgerald the voice of this administration? If so, brace yourselves, another Dick Cheney coming our way. And the last thing we need is another Dick calling the shots… Click to choose fil Tonight, I am joined by congresswoman Brianna O’Dwyer! *applause* Lani: Welcome to the show! Here, we're gonna have some girl talk. (hands Brianna a mimosa) Brianna: Thanks for having me on. oh my last time someone said let's have some girl talk we were left with no ice cream or wine in the house. I hope you're not short on either now. * gives a big smile* Lani: Normally, we don’t hear Conservative and Rhode Island together that often. How did you appeal to a voter base that is typically more liberal? Brianna: I am a former social worker that recognizes that a path forward for our nation is a delicate balance of both the left and the right but I don’t like labels. When I served in Rhode Island House of Representatives I was an independent but I turned to a third way Republican in 1997. I really don’t consider my self-anything other than a woman who brings a positive, modern, forward-looking agenda that gives people hope that we are talking to them as people. What is sad in this day in age is being a political centrist used to mean seeing both sides of an issue. Now it also means the ability to recognize actual issues. And being politically centrist is to understand that everything isn’t political. We need more people that you can look at a topic rationally and without prejudice. We are stuck with pointless nonsense posing as serious political issues: culturally insensitive Halloween costumes, the “war” on Christmas, transgendered bathrooms, defunding Planned Parenthood, building a wall around Mexico and “safe” spaces, governors halting refugees from coming into their state. These are not issues. Oh, sure, they might be important to the small number of people directly involved in the situation. But these are not issues that we as a society should be focusing our attention. Sometimes, a passionate person needs to be told, Don’t be passionate about this. It’s stupid. So that how I approached the People of Rhode Island I treated them as smart humans tired of the bull crap from all parties and didn’t put labels on them other than that wanted something fresh and would lead to a better country and world. Lani: Prior to becoming a representative, you worked with mental health and community services, right? What finally made you decide enough was enough and jump into politics yourself? Brianna: Yes but I start out as a child advocate as a social worker then moved onto Mental Health and Community Services. Then domestic violence programs and then spent some time in Tanzania, helping improve the health and well-being of women and children through UN program support. Well, social work is a field that is dedicated to the advancement of humanity. One of the things that attract me to social work was the desire to uplift people, to improve the quality of their lives. That has not changed. What I was seeing around the world was politicians out of touch with the issues of support for housing, healthcare, childcare, education and other valuable social welfare services are all made by politicians and government officials that were not getting any better year after year. So I was talking to my grandmother Baby Ruth about the problems one day and she said in her old blunt way say if you don’t like it go fix it and fight like hell till you do. So that was when I knew the time to do something was now. Lani: You have been busy in your first couple of weeks here. Tell us about some of your agenda and legislation you are supporting. Brianna: One of the biggest items on my agenda right now is doing multi legislation on the Opioid crisis. We are never going to get our arms around this problem unless we prevent entry into the addiction pipeline. The "addiction pipeline" can have multiple entry points, including over-prescription, stress reduction, and depression treatment. 90 percent of addicts begin abusing substances before the age of 18. This is not a political issue, this is a human issue. So, working with members from both parties and different political backgrounds I have introduced the Student Athlete Opioid Misuse Prevention Act, Veteran Overmedication Prevention Act. Some other areas of major concern to me is how we support our teacher and working with small government conservatives, moderates, and liberals I introduced the Improved Teacher Assistance Act that will increase the current deduction available to educators from a $250 annual credit to 100 percent of the first $2,000 of qualified education expenses. Dedicated teachers take on the daily challenge of educating our young people and pushing them to realize their full potential. They do this will tight classroom budgets, limited education resources, and low pay, educators take hundreds of dollars out of their pockets to purchase supplies for their students to ensure every child has the resources they need to learn and succeed. It over due for Washington to have their backs. We also have a national emergency that needs to be fixed now not years from now with infrastructure that I am going to working with anyone who is willing to in an aggressive way this term. I have already introduced the Securing Required Funding for Water Infrastructure Now. Basically, this rejects the fix-as-fail approach currently used to upgrade the nation’s infrastructure and instead empowers states to invest in multiple water infrastructure projects. The bill combines the best aspects of state revolving funds with the power of the Water Infrastructure and Innovation Act to make the process easier and more affordable for states to meet their underserved or unmet water infrastructure needs. We have a more than $500 billion shortfall for water infrastructure funding in this country this is problem for now not years from now. Lani: Do you feel the Democrats have been supportive of your agenda? Brianna: I think if you can just have a conversation, a lot of times you’ll find you agree with someone more than you thought you did. I think most people are not as polarized. There are a lot of issues where there is common ground a shared value. A lot of folks on the fringe elements on either side are trying to buy into this idea that there are divisions and evil motivations. I think that you can be pro-teacher and also be pro-education reform and you can be pro-coal, but also be pro-environment. I think that you can be pro-LGBT, but also pro-religious freedom. I don’t think that we have to fall into these political traps. I believe there are democrats that are trying to find solutions this terms as there are republicans. I have had some really good coffee talks with people on both sides and pray that party politics won’t get in the way of the agenda for the people. So many people think you have to choose one or the other and I think it’s so important to be able to just have a conversation. More often than not you’re going to find similarities. Lani: Do you expect the Republicans to continue moving further to the right? Cooper from Breitbart News recently claimed that Senator John McCain isn’t really a Republican. Do you agree that Republicans who do not take extreme far-right stances aren’t truly Republican? Brianna: I am not a believer in party above people and really never buy into taking my agenda from talking heads on cable news or other political talk shows. We need to listen and do what’s right for all people. John McCain is a good man and republican that will fight for issues. Yes, he pisses people off but as my mom says if there are people pissed at you that when you know you’re making a difference. Lani: What are your thoughts on the Democrats 100-day alternative plan? Brianna: It has some promise if it does NOT get tied down into my way or the highway kind of thing. I support some of their issues with it it but hope it can beopen to ideas from all political positions. I willing to work on any issue with anyone so I can say Democrats and Republicans should put me on speed dial in the days ahead. Lani: Any parting words you would like to share with us today? Brianna : Thanks for having me again I think that’s extremely important. For people who are able to not only reach across the aisle, but is able to build consensus with people who might philosophically disagree with them. I think that’s how you get something done in Washington. At the end of the day every single policy has a real person at the end of it. We can discuss things at a level that nobody actually lives in, but we don’t live in a vacuum. We do actually have repercussions for all of legislation. So, for me, I don’t care if you’re a Democrat. I don’t care if you are a Republican. People come first. Lani: Thank you for your time! Next up, we have Ricky Gervais! Stay tune!
  14. 2 points
    Split tweet @BriannaO'Dwyer As of right now, I don’t support either of the Immigration Proposals Democrats or Republicans put forward. They both have weak areas and strong areas. Neither are perfect or the devil’s spawn. This is exactly why we have hearings and debate to flesh out the proposals and to simply listen when comes to complex issues. Congress lets get our act together.
  15. 2 points
    I’m a proud proponent of the common sense idea that you probably shouldn’t comment on bills you haven’t read. But what do I know?
  16. 2 points
    P: Hello and welcome to The Blue Mountain News Network, I’m your host, Robert Powell, today we have Representative Beau Thomas of Texas with us, thanks for coming Mr. Thomas. @BlueDogTexan T: I think My pleasure, Robert. Thanks for having me. P: So you’re from a pretty Red district down in Texas, how do you plan to keep your seat come next election? T: The people of my district, the 23rd, are looking for solutions to problems. They have a reputation of voting for both Democrats and Republicans. This time around, they chose me, a proud democrat. They knew my record as Sheriff of Hidalgo Country and my church attendance as exemplary, I represent their values, at the end of the day, that's the kind of Congressman they deserve. The Democratic Party is the party of ranchers, farmers, teachers, anyone who works hard for a living. My district is also heavily rural and we are the party of agriculture. P: That’s very noble congressman. So do you consider yourself a moderate or a hardcore progressive? T: I consider myself a Blue Dog Democrat. A Democrat that supports good paying jobs for all, the right to an affordable education, one that is fiscally responsible, one that supports civil rights for all, special privileges for none, and one that supports ending corporate influence in government. P: So a hotly debated issue lately is that of the penny and if we should stop making more of them. How do you feel about that issue? T: I feel that this issue is a non-starter, one that was proposed as an easy, non-ideological bill that would offend no one. Turns out, it offends everyone. I don't support ending the production of pennies, they do add up in my change jar on my dresser, speaking of which, I better take that to the bank tomorrow. "chuckles* P: Interesting. It seems like the rest of the party disagrees. Would you maybe change positions if it came to a floor vote? T: I have no vested interest in it, so I'm afraid not. My party is aware of my disagreements on the "penny ban", there's plenty of other bills that we've introduced that I'm very enthused about. P: Bills such as? T: Douglass–Puerto Rico Admissions Act HR 2724 - Solitary Confinement Reform Act National Sick Day Law Educating Tomorrow's Workforce Act of 2017 P: If I’m not mistake the first one admits Puerto Rico to the union as the 51st state correct? T: That is correct. P: Why do you personally think Puerto Rico should gain statehood T: Like every territory which has become a state, Puerto Rico would be in a stronger economic position. Jobs for local people will come naturally as Puerto Rico rebuilds. Being part of the larger U.S. economy will increase tourism, entrepreneurship, and investment in business in Puerto Rico. Instead of having to rely on self-destructive tax loopholes, Puerto Rico will have the same opportunities for growth the other states have. Puerto Rico will have full representation in the U.S. legislature, with the ability to vote on laws that affect Puerto Rico. Residents of Puerto Rico will be able to vote in presidential elections, as well as in elections for senators and congresspeople. Full participation in the democratic process will be available to all residents of Puerto Rico. With increased power and prosperity, Puerto Rico will bring greater benefits to the United States as a whole, as every territory has done when it has become a state. P: Excellently said congressman. Well that’s all the time we have. Questions for the viewer to consider, should all Americans have access to the same voting rights? Should Puerto Rican’s be able to choose representatives to vote for laws that apply to them? I think yes. But that’s up to you and up to the majority in Congress. Thank you, I’m Robert Powell, this has been BMN, goodnight.
  17. 2 points
    Nothing of note at this time. They are helping marginally against isis when possible. There are still low level border disruptions as you might expect, but no, terrorists have not embedded with civillians who marched enough masse on the border, and no the Israeli army has not fired on any of them.
  18. 2 points
    This sounds like it would make things more fun and also realistic
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    Thinking about resurrecting Parker.
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    Actually, the national polls at the Presidential election were pretty good. The issue was in the way the media presented what a small popular vote lead actually means in an election that isn't decided by popular vote. On the subject of what we over here call the "Shy Tory Factor", it is sometimes the case that online and automated polls show a different result to in-person polls, although the size of that issue is disputed, and those types of polls are not necessarily more accurate due to other factors such as low response rate. I'm a maths and stats guy, so I'm a bit nerdy about this sort of stuff!
  22. 2 points
    Oh the Government here are buggering up Brexit perfectly well without any help!
  23. 2 points
    I want to formally apologize to @Kyle Fitzgerald and @Shiggy for the way I behaved last round. I don't apologize for making a third party because I think it was fun (at least for those involved) but I do want to apologize for the way I left the party and for any hard feelings. To answer any questions, no I still don't intend to play next round but that has nothing to do with the player base and everything to do with how Tedder is choosing to run this game and we've had discussions about this. When the time comes Tedder is ready to fully commit to running this site as a Gov Sim and he hires a team of dedicated Admins I would be happy to either be one of the Admins or a player. Either way my involvement going forward is entirely based on whether or not Tedder chooses to take his Govsim seriously.
  24. 2 points
    Made this last weekend. Rum icecream 2 cups heavy cream 1 cup whole milk 3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar, divided 1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg 2 large eggs 1/3 cup dark rum Equipment: an ice cream maker PREPARATION Bring cream, milk, 1/2 cup brown sugar, and nutmeg to a simmer in a heavy medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring. Meanwhile, whisk together eggs, remaining 1/4 cup brown sugar, and 1/8 teaspoon salt in a large bowl. Add cream mixture in a slow stream, whisking. Return to saucepan and cook, stirring with a wooden spoon, until mixture coats back of spoon and registers 175°F on an instant-read thermometer (do not boil). Immediately strain custard through a fine-mesh sieve into a metal bowl. Stir in rum and chill custard at least 6 hours. Freeze in ice cream maker, then transfer to an airtight container and put in freezer to harden, about 2 hours.
  25. 2 points
    Always thought it would be fun to play a made up country at a founding where you didnt play a person but a political party and lead it in its way into the future. a mix of war,politics, briberly ,media and everything else in between that you can roleplay out.